7 Things You Should Avoid After A Chemical Peel


Aftercare following any procedure is extremely important.

Following a chemical peel treatment, your provider will give you specific aftercare instructions to help you maximize results. These instructions will include what you should do, but what about the things you should avoid?

Keep reading to learn about the 7 things you should avoid after getting a chemical peel treatment.

Chemical Peel Overview

Chemical peels, also known as superficial peels, are solutions applied to the face, hands, neck, and body to improve the appearance and feel of the skin. Some chemical peels penetrate deep down into the dermis layer of the skin, resulting in maximum exfoliation for dramatic results.

There are many different types of chemical peels, with each one targeting different concerns including:

  • Texture
  • Acne and Acne Scars
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Sun Damage
  • Melasma
  • Hyperpigmentation

What to Avoid After A Chemical Peel

Chemical peels take time to penetrate into the skin, so results are seen days after. During this time, it’s important to make sure you’re taking care of your skin and know what to avoid – including the following:

  1. UV Rays – Your skin will be extremely sensitive in the days following the chemical peel, so avoiding the sun exposure is recommended. This also means applying sunscreen of SPF 50 or higher every day.
  2. Picking at Your Skin – You will notice dry, dead skin flaking off in the days following your treatment, but that’s good! It means the chemical peel is working.

While this may be a nuisance, resist the urge to pick at your skin because this can result in scarring. If you have to, cut it!

  1. Strenuous Activities/Saunas – Sweat can irritate sensitive skin, so it’s best to avoid things that can make you perspire profusely for a few days.
  2. Skipping Your Moisturizer – Following your chemical peel, keep dry skin at bay. Make sure to use a good, thick moisturizer and apply it at least twice a day to keep your skin smooth and moisturized.
  3. Exfoliating – While this may seem like a given, make sure to skip the exfoliation step of your normal skincare routine while your skin is healing. With deeper chemical peels, it’s recommended to wait weeks before using any type of exfoliant.
  4. Using Many Skincare Products – In the days following your chemical peel, make sure to stick to a minimal skincare routine. Using too many products can cause irritation, so it’s best to stick to the basics – cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
  5. Using Retinols and Acids – Speaking of a minimal skincare routine, this also means putting the breaks on skincare products with strong active ingredients, such as retinol and acids. Retinol, glycolic, and lactic acids can be abrasive and cause irritation, especially since your skin will be especially sensitive following a chemical peel.

Chemical Peels at Luminescence Aesthetics
Luminescence Aesthetics offers customized chemical peels from the VI Peel line. When you book your appointment, you’ll surely receive the highest level of care from our experienced providers.

Our practitioners will provide you with detailed pre and post procedure instructions along with a take-home recovery kit so you can get the best results from your chemical peel.

Let’s get started on your skincare journey!

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